Several Illinois counties are experiencing devastating levels of poverty, with 1 in 5 residents living below the poverty level, according to a new report.
Social IMPACT Research Center's report found that nine counties have poverty levels over 20 percent. The state poverty level is 15 percent.
Jackson and Alexander counties have the highest poverty levels at 33.7 percent and 31.3 percent, respectively. The other counties on the list and their respective poverty levels are: Champaign (23.4 percent); Pulaski (22.4 percent); Coles (21.8 percent); Saline (20.8 percent); Hardin (20.4 percent); McDonough (20.3 percent); Knox (20.2 percent); Union (19.8 percent); and Vermilion (19.8 percent).
An annual income of less than $23,021 is the poverty level for a family of four.